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  • Pop Art - Art History 101 Basics Created: Sunday, September 26, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Pop Art was a post WWII reaction to American consumerism. By bridging high and low culture they reflected America's own growing dependence and fascination with mass production and images of celebrities.
  • What is the Definition of Space in Art? Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    An element of art, Space refers to distances or areas around, between or within components of a piece.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Rosa Bonheur Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    A biographical profile of Rosa (Marie Rosalie) Bonheur (1822-1899), French Realist painter and sculptor.
  • Art History Definition: Montage Created: Sunday, March 28, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Montage is a collection of whole or partial images, either static or as a film/video, usually of easily recogniable people, places or things, which together offers specific commentary or an artisti...
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) Created: Monday, October 06, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    A biographical profile of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483-1520), painter in the Italian High Renaissance.
  • Robert Indiana Biography Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Learn more about Robert Indiana, an American painter, sculptor and printmaker best known for his Love sculpture series.
  • The Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo Created: Thursday, May 27, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Discover the answers to some of the most common questions about Michelangelo's The Sistine Chapel ceiling, the most famous ceiling frescoes painting in the world.
  • Medium Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    In art, Medium refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble.
  • line Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    A line is a basic element of art, referring to a continuous mark, made on a surface, by a moving point. A line is long relative to its width. It can define a space, create an outline or pattern, im...
  • What Are the Visual Arts? Created: Friday, January 30, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    What is the definition of Visual Art? The visual arts are those creations we can look at, such as a drawing or a painting, and more.
  • 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci Created: Thursday, November 13, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Facts about Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. One of the world's most famous religious paintings in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
  • What Are the Functions of Art? Created: Friday, April 09, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    There are four main functions of art including its contextual, personal, social and physical attributes.
  • What Are the Elements of Art? Created: Sunday, March 07, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Knowing the 7 Elements of Art (line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color) allows you to analyze, appreciate, write and talk about art, and even create it.
  • What is the Definition of Art? Created: Friday, March 26, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    What is Art? There are many things that contribute to the definition of art. Learn more about the best way to answer this complex question.
  • Before You Write an Essay on Impressionism Created: Friday, April 27, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    There are a few common misconceptions about Impressionism that you may want to avoid including. There are also a few truisms that you should include.
  • Unity Created: Sunday, October 05, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    A principle of art, Unity occurs when all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole.
  • Which Style Guide Should I Use? Created: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Rules of thumb to help you know which style guide applies to your art history paper citations and advice on how to format those image captions." itemprop="description" Sunday, September 21, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, was a Spanish painter best known for (co-)inventing Cubism, inspired and invented nearly every art movement in the twentieth century.
  • Post-Impressionism - Art History Created: Sunday, January 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Post Impressionist artists' work comes directly out of the Impressionism or was inspired by the Impressionist movement, but pushes one aspect of the Impressionism to an extreme.
  • The Renaissance Created: Thursday, October 30, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    The Renaissance (a word which means "born anew") was a time in Western history during which the arts - so important in Classic cultures - were revived.
  • What is Surrealism? Created: Monday, February 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Surrealist artists feasted on the unconscious, the exploration of the dream as a valid form of reality, and a willingness to depict images of perverse sexuality, scatology, decay and violence.
  • Artists in 60 Seconds: Shepard Fairey Created: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970), an American contemporary street artist, first began to appear in the news for wheat pasting, sticker tagging, and the numerous accompanying arrests that now comprise his official criminal record.
  • Bas Relief Created: Friday, November 16, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    A French term from the Italian basso-relievo (low relief), bas relief is a sculpture technique in which figures and/or other design elements are just barely more prominent than the (overall flat) background.
  • What is Dada? Created: Thursday, January 01, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Dadaism, or Dada Art, was not a movement, it's artists not artists and it's art not art. Why does this non-art movement still matter in the art world?
  • French Impressionist Painters Created: Friday, April 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Famous French artists and painters and who were the trend setters of the notable Impressionism Art Movement during the mid-to-late 19th century.
  • The Vitruvian Man - Leonardo Da Vinci - About.com Created: Thursday, September 29, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Leonardo Da Vinci squared the circle. The secret solution in the Vitruvian Man decoded.
  • A List of Artists Who Committed Suicide - About.com Created: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    An alphabetical listing of famous departed artists who chose to leave this world by their own hands. Attempted suicides and gradual suicides by substance abuse have not been included.
  • What is the Definition of Emphasis in Art? Created: Friday, September 12, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Emphasis is a principle of art which occurs any time an element of a piece is given dominance by the artist. Frequently, emphasis is achieved by means of contrast.
  • Appropriation / Appropriation Art Created: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Appropriation art takes images from well-known contexts and puts these images into other contexts, usually paintings, sculpture, collages, combines or installations. Recontextualizing the image adds meaning and associations to the original image (or real thing) as well as completes the meaning of the Appropriation artist's own work.
  • Analytical Cubism Created: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Analytic Cubism was developed by Picasso and Braque to refer to real objects in terms of identifiable details that become, through repetitive use, signs that indicate the idea of the object, just like we find in cartoon characters.
  • Nonobjective Art Created: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    A work of art that does not represent or depict a person, place or thing in the natural world.
  • Synthetic Cubism Created: Sunday, January 31, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Synthetic Cubism was invented by Picasso and Braque as they simplified a specific repertory of forms derived from their Analytic Cubism period. Synthetic Cubism also incorporated collage and papier colle in Picasso and Braque's work.

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